Ride New Orleans Coalition for Quality Transit revs up
The event marked not only the formation of a coalition of transit supporters but also the recent completion of RTA service improvements that took effect on (April 17). Foundation for Louisiana is one of the funders of the project.
Foundation for Louisiana President and CEO Flozell Daniels, Jr. joined several other officials for the Ride New Orleans Coalition for Quality Transit Kickoff Rally at Elks Place in downtown New Orleans on April 19. Daniels, as an RTA Board Commissioner, also serves as the board liaison for Ride New Orleans’ Advisory Committee. The event marked not only the formation of a coalition of transit supporters but also the recent completion of RTA service improvements that took effect on April 17. These improvements include improved service on 22 existing lines, highlighted by increased bus frequency on some lines, and more early-morning, late-night and weekend hours.
Foundation for Louisiana is one of the funders of the project.
Also in attendance: Ride NOLA President Jackie Dadakis, who emceed the rally; new RIDE NOLA Executive Director Alex Posorske; RTA Board Chair Salvador Longoria; Brenda Holmes, Rachel Guillory and Cedric Thompson, RTA riders; New Orleans District D Councilmember Jared Brossett; and John Pourciau, Chief of Staff for New Orleans Councilmember Latoya Cantrell.
“I cannot tell you how powerful it is to work with a bunch of commissioners who are from this community, who care about the people, who are really making the kind of strong and courageous decisions to move transit forward,” Daniels told the gathering. “We think a lot at the RTA about the three C’s: customers, community and culture. Customers … being our biggest advocates, our biggest advisers, the people who we rely on most to make sure we’re doing the work we should be doing. Community, making sure that this board and the entire organization is not only a transparent place to really share information but that we’re serving this community by not only providing quality access to transportation but jobs to local people and business opportunities to local business people in ways that create long-term sustainable equity and opportunity.
“And culture,” Daniels continued. “Like Councilmember Jared Brossett said, I grew up in this community riding the buses as small kid, with my grandmother, with my mom, going to school, coming downtown to shop on Canal Street. And we want to get back to a place where transportation is not only accessible, it’s not only equitable, but it is fun and something that people look forward to as both an opportunity and a cultural asset in this community.”
Daniels concluded by encouraging citizens to provide input into the work-in-progress transit master plan.